GAEL CLICHY: NATIONAL TEAM CAREER REVEALED

Gael Clichy played for the French youth teams at all levels before featuring 20 times for the senior team over a five-year period. The ex-Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir left-back didn't enjoy the best of times at senior level on the international football scene as he was always overlooked by the French national team managers.

Gael Clichy received several call-ups to the senior team in 2008 but he didn't make his debut for Les Blues until the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Serbia in September 2008. He was in the starting line-up for the Tunisia and Austria games in October 2008. The Tunisia game was an international friendly, while the game against Austria was a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

CLICHY REVEALS MYSTERY SCOTTISH OFFER

Servette defender Gael Clichy has revealed that he had an offer from an unnamed team in Scotland before opting to sign for Servette in the top flight of Swiss club football. Gael Clichy disclosed the offer from the unnamed Scottish club in a recent interview monitored by popular British newspaper Daily Record.

Gael Clichy also said that he received offers from clubs in England and Belgium. He went on to talk about his decision to sign for Swiss club Servette. The 35-year-old snubbed the offers from Belgium, England and Scotland in favour of Switzerland. Gael Clichy has signed for Servette in Geneva, Switzerland despite being vocal about the use of an astro turf pitch by two clubs. Ex-Arsenal and Manchester City left-back Clichy had earlier mentioned that he could have stayed with Istanbul Basaksehir and played Champions League football this season. He was part of the squad that won the Turkish Super League title at the club last season. Gael Clichy left Istanbul Basaksehir at the end of his contract shortly after he had won the Turkish title with the club.

GAEL CLICHY MAKES ARTETA AND ARSENE WENGER COMPARISONS

Former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has insisted that the Gunners' current manager Mikel Arteta can be like the club's former and greatest manager Arsene Wenger but raised the question of whether the Gunners will be willing to stick with him and give him enough time.


Arteta is currently enduring a mixed season coaching Arsenal and has suffered more than he has enjoyed this season on the hot seat. His Arsenal side are currently struggling and remain in mid-table after their stalemate against London rivals Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium.
However, Clichy believes that if Arteta could be given enough time, he will turn things around entirely and will be ready to compete for titles in the nearest future as long as he is given the backing.

CLICHY MAKES ARTETA & WENGER COMPARISONS

Former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has insisted that the Gunners' current manager Mikel Arteta can be like the club's former and greatest manager Arsene Wenger but raised the question of whether the Gunners will be willing to stick with him and give him enough time.

Arteta is currently enduring a mixed season coaching Arsenal and has suffered more than he has enjoyed this season on the hot seat. His Arsenal side are currently struggling and remain in mid-table after their stalemate against London rivals Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium.

WHY I LEFT ARSENAL - CLICHY

French defender Gael Clichy has disclosed the reason behind his exit from Arsenal almost a decade ago. Clichy broke into the Arsenal first team as a teenager and was part of the Gunners team that went through the Premier League season without a single defeat. The feat happened during the 2003/04 Premier League campaign as the Gunners won their third Premier League crown after the 1997/98 and 2001/02 title wins.

Clichy spent almost a decade at Arsenal before his exit from the club in 2011. He has given the reason for his departure in a chat withthe official podcast of Arsenal. He revealed why he made the decision to leave North London for Manchester City in the summer of 2011. According to the ex-France international, a change in philosophy at the club pushed him closer to the exit door. Gael Clichy said that Arsenal decided to shift their focus to British players.

ARSENAL SET TO LOSE OUT ON EUROPE AND MORE

Premier League side Arsenal had a long stretch of regular appearances in the Champions League under former coach Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman made a fad of always finishing in the Top Four even when the club experiment with youth didn’t win titles and things didn’t always go according to plan. Then with more competition in the league, Arsenal became a fixture in the Europa League.

CITY CLOSE IN ON KAI HAVERTZ

Manchester City have held talks with the representatives of Bayern Leverkusen midfielder, Kai Havertz, according to a report from Bild. The German youngster, who has represented the Die Mannschaft seven times is also reported to be a target of several top clubs across Europe. He is allegedly a target of seven clubs.

BENDTNER TO STAR IN REALITY SHOW WITH PARTNER

Nicklas Bendtner at 32 is at the twilight of his playing career but away from the field he has found a new calling and is set to star in his own reality television show alongside his model partner, Philine Roepstorff.

OWEN AND REDKNAPP BLASTS MENDY

Benjamin Mendy was bought to replace Gael Clichy at Manchester City but the left back’s form has left much to be desired.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp and former Manchester United forward Michael Owen has lashed out on the French man for giving Manchester City’s advantage away to Wolves in a match that saw the Citizens beaten in front of their whole fans and in effect, put an end to their title challenge.

CLICHY REMEMBERS GUARDIOLA’S DIFFERENCE

Some coaches make you a better player, others don’t stop there, they make you a better human. The difference between what Lionel Messi currently is and what he would have been like had he not grew up under Guardiola remains a guess. The Spaniard’s impact is however, not.

Gael Clichy currently plays for Turkish side Basaksehir and he say Guardiola remains one of the best coaches he’s ever worked despite spending only one year under the former Barcelona coach at Etihad.

According to the left back, the words: “your career is behind you now buy you have a duty, every day, every session, every behavior you have; young players are looking up to you and even if you don’t feel like a special player, you are somebody and those young players will look up to you and behave like you are behaving,” stuck with him.

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